View Full Version : new service action im working on - advise please

09-16-2011, 03:56 AM
new service action im working on. trying to base it on federers. any suggestions? these are all flat serves out wide. they were all in. sorry about the size of the video but it did that when i converted it. if you cant see the ball they were mostly bouncing on the back wall close to the window the second one actually hit the window on the bounce. which is about chest height on a 5"10 person


09-16-2011, 08:38 AM
Pretty good serve so far.

The biggest thing I would concentrate on geting your tossing arm straight up, and leave it straight up much longer.


Bringing the arm straight up helps to get a better "bow" shape, as shown by Fed in this pic.

But the other thing is it should better set you up for true shoulder over shoulder action, as seen in these pics:


Notice that out of the trophy position in pic 4, that in pics 5-8 to contact, the hitting shoulder goes almost straight up, and the tossing shoulder goes straight down. There is much less swinging around of the shoulders in the horizontal plane as you are doing.

Not only is the kind of more horizontal than vertical shoulder motion bad for power [not a powerful enough "reversing the bow"], but it will put more stress on your rotator cuff, as Jim McLellan of tennisone.com relates in this video:
Preventing Rotator Cuff Injury: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTRvxaBMh8s&feature=related

When/if you get this vertical shoulder over shoulder action down, your momentum will be forward into the court, rather than finishing by spinning awkwardly to the left as you are now doing.
Then you will need to land more definitively on your left leg, and kick back with your right:
Leg Kick on Tennis Serve: http://blip.tv/fuzzy-yellow-balls/leg-kick-on-tennis-serve-1190196

I hope this helps.

Good luck!

09-16-2011, 08:49 AM
wonderful post charlie, and nice frame by frame pic - hadn't seen that one before!